Strategy vs. Tactics in Dodgeball

Tactics improve players

Strategies level-up teams

  • Ball control
  • Offense is timing
  • Defense is disrupting timing
  • Dodgeball match phases

On Ball Control

  • In a standoff, don’t throw your balls too early nor too late. If you throw early, it’s like handing them a large number with which they can multiply their attack. If you wait too late in the countdown, your throw will be bad with less time to consider counter attacks.
  • When being thrown at, the ball often bounces off the wall behind you. Stop that ball. If you dodge from the corners, it’s harder for them to achieve that bounce back.
  • If you hold your team’s last ball, know that you should use it to to disrupt your attacker’s timing. Don’t wait until they’ve thrown at your undefended friends, then try to counter. Disrupting their timing is harder but strategically it multiplies your efficacy.
  • In the opening rush, you want at least half the balls. The first volley should produce a material advantage. Advantage begets advantage, so pick a specialist who rushes and another gunner who protects this rusher.

Offense is Timing

Defense is Disrupting Timing

Match Phases

  • Dodging is tougher as there is less room to move. Don’t step in front of each other. What is good for you may be terrible for your neighbors.
  • Your best attackers need to be very careful in the opening. We need these people in the middle and end games in order to win, so don’t bring them out into the center too early. Even if you are Leeroy Jenkins, getting involved in a messy melee is bad chess. Said attacker should only be participating in attacks where you have near-total ball control.
  • Your best attackers should have survived the opening, because we need them here. Whenever your team has ball control, you are in a better position now to convert timing into gains.
  • With less resources to prevent rebounds off the back wall, ball control becomes harder. Use the geometry of the court to regain ball control: draw your opponent’s throws into the corners such that they bounce into your team’s offsides.
  • To keep the ball control wave going in the middle game, throw as hard and flush with the back wall as you can.
  • If you are against someone without a lot of experience, tempt them into overthrowing their last ball, giving you sweet ball control.
  • In the endgame, people like to hang out near the back and move to the front only to throw. Your best chance of getting them out is to counter throw them as they are running backwards to the rear edge.
  • Conserve your energy. If you are last standing facing several (e.g. three people), treat it like 3 games of 1-on-1. The faster you counter attack their best remaining player, the more energy you’ll save.





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